A team of our Year 8 girls made it through to the finals of a prestigious national cyber security competition.
The CyberFirst Girls competition is run by National Cyber Security Centre with the aim of encouraging more young women to think of a career in cyber security.
All our Year 8 girls had the chance to take part, eventually creating three teams of four for the contest’s first round, with one of those teams ultimately making it through to the finals.
To take part, the girls had to complete a series of IT challenges during their break times, meaning an intense 10 days of code breaking.
Westbourne champions IT studies, with Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils all having two weekly classroom sessions of computer science, IT and online safety.
There are also two digital leaders from each form group who champion online safety and support other students to navigate the online world.
“The CyberFirst Girls competition is a fantastic opportunity to show girls the potential career they could have if they are passionate about computer science and cyber security,” said our Computer Studies teacher Katie Baker.
“The fact that our girls are so enthusiastic about this competition and their success is a testament to the work that has gone into developing the gender balance in computer science.”